Union SG vs Rangers: Champions League Qualifier Live Stream, Schedule, Fixture and Probable Lineups

The hosts secured a narrow 1-0 win over Charleroi in a Belgian Pro League fixture last weekend, while the Scottish outfit got the better of Livingston 2-1 on the same day. 

Rangers FC players celebrating a goal scored against Livingston; Credit: Twitter/@RangersFC

Union SG will host Rangers FC in the first leg of their third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League at Den Dreef on Tuesday night. Both sides are heading into the match on the back of victories in their respective league fixtures. The hosts secured a narrow 1-0 win over Charleroi in a Belgian Pro League fixture last weekend, while the Scottish outfit got the better of Livingston 2-1 on the same day.  Union SG secured a spot in the third round of Champions League qualification by finishing second in the playoff in the Belgian First Division A in 2021-22, while Rangers finished second in the Scottish Premier League last term. 

Last Saturday at Stade Joseph Marien, Union SG got the better of Charleroi courtesy of Ross Sykes’ lone strike in the 56th minute. It was the Brussels outfit’s second league game of the season, the first one against STVV ended 1-1. Prior to that, Karel Geraerts’ side had an impressive pre-season, not losing any of their six friendlies, recording three-wins and three draws. Les Unionistes netted 11 times and conceded just six in those six friendlies. The Belgian outfit is certainly going to be the underdogs for the two-legged tie, but they are not going to be an easy opponent by any means. 

Rangers, on the other hand, kicked off their 2022-23 league season with a come from behind win at Livingston. The hosts took an early lead through Jon Nouble’s goal, but second half strikes from Scott Arfield and James Tavernier helped the Teddy Bears take all three points at Almondvale Stadium. Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side lost the 2021-22 Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in 120 minutes. Rangers have been active this summer, signing the likes of Ben Davies, Ridvan Yilmaz, Rabbi Matondo, Antonio Colak, Tom Lawrence, John Scouttar and Malik Tillman to bolster the squad. 

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Probable Lineups

Union SG have not reported any fresh injuries therefore Geraerts is likely to name his strongest starting eleven for Tuesday’s game. Dante Vanzeir and Simon Adingra are likely to lead the line with Niuewkoop and Lapoussin occupying the flanks. Sykes, Burgess and Van der Hayden could form the three-man defence. As for Rangers, Ianis Hagi is sidelined with a knee injury, while Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe are also unavailable for selection. New recruit Colak is likely to lead the line with Ryan Kent and Tillman in support while Lawrence could operate behind the striker. Lundstram and Kamara are expected to sit in front of the back-four.

Union SG probable starting lineup: Moris; Sykes, Burges, Van der Hayden; Niuewkoop, Amani, Lynen, Teuma, Lapoussin; Adingra, Vanzeir.

Rangers probable starting lineup: McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Souttar, Barisic, Kamara, Lundstram; Tillman, Lawrence, Kent; Colak

Union SG vs Rangers Live Schedule and Fixture

The Champions League qualification match between Union SG and Rangers FC will take place at the Den Dreef, on Wednesday at 12:15 am IST.

Union SG vs RangersKey details
DateAugust 2 (Belgium)
Venue Den Dreef
Kickoff time in Belgium8:45 pm (Tuesday)
Kickoff time in UK7: 45 pm (Tuesday)

Where to watch Union SG vs Rangers?

For the football fans in Belgium, live coverage of the match is available on Club RTL, VTM 2. Meanwhile, for those in the UK, they can catch the live action via Premier Player HD, Premier Sports 1 and Premier Sports 2. 




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